Nelson : Britannia's God of War, Paperback
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'Fascinating ...Shot through with fresh insights ...No previous biography has attempted anything so comprehensive.' Observer Nelson explores the professional, personal, intellectual and practical origins of one man's genius, to understand how the greatest warrior that Britain has ever produced transformed the art of conflict, and enabled his country to survive the challenge of total war and international isolation. 'A concise, accessible overview of Nelson's career and reputation.' Spectator 'Andrew Lambert is the outstanding British naval historian of his generation.' David Cannadine 'Excellent ...Worthy of the stirring events [it celebrates].' Independent




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As you might expect, Lambert being a naval historian, this work concentrates on Nelson's professional achievements, and leaves poor old Emma quite in the shade. Quite right, too; it isn't Nelson's love life that makes him interesting. Good accounts of the major actions (although the maps are somewhat pre-owned), and sound analysis of Nelson's tactical and administrative abilities. The work does require some knowledge of the Nelsonian navy - as one reviewer pointed out people are mentioned without any explanation as to their background - but given that, a very thorough (but compact) survey of Nelson's career and his impact on the nation and the Navy both in life and after death. My only quibble is that he protesteth a bit too much in his earnest attempts to clear Nelson of any wrong-doing whatever, and he makes his hero come across as a bit of a plaster saint sometimes. (Although to be fair he does not attempt to conceal that Nelson was also a hypochondriac, an egoist, and a right drama queen). Good read.

Also by Professor Andrew D. Lambert